VIDEO: NASA releases footage of a huge plasma explosion on sun’s surface
POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:13am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:15am
(NBC News) — NASA has released stunning images of massive explosions on the surface of the sun.
The images were captured in late April by instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Unlike a solar flare, this material is a small, hovering mass of twisted plasma that shifts back and forth before erupting into space.
The SDO is a satellite that's in orbit around the Earth, with sensors pointed at the sun to take a variety of measurements of the sun and solar activity.